Great news, and another sign that together, we CAN make childhood commercial-free! After 28 years, Channel One News is pulling the plug on its classroom “newscasts,” which delivered commercials directly into classrooms. Each year, students in Channel One schools lost a full day of instructional time to ads. Read more about why child advocates are celebrating the end of this corporate marketing scheme.
Members of CCFC's Children Screen Time Action Network have sent a letter to the American Psychological Assocation regarding the role of psychologists in developing design techniques that keep kids on ad-supported screens. The letter, which has been signed by 60+ psychologists, calls on the APA to:
- Issue a formal public statement condemning psychologists’ role in designing persuasive technologies that increase children's time spent on digital devices, as kids’ screen overuse poses risks to their emotional wellbeing and academic success
- Call on psychologists and the tech industry to disclose their use of psychological persuasion techniques, especially those in digital products used by children
- Take strong actions to educate parents, schools, and child advocates about the use of psychological persuasion in social media and video games; and inform the public of the harms of children’s overuse of screens